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Keep East in Easter

Because the Bunny is the reason for the season!

Since the war on Christmas is now old and busted, the new hotness this year is the war on Easter. And it’s even more ridiculous than the former.

The more important, though less popular, of the two main Christian holidays (possibly because there are no presents involved), Easter has already been quite secularised in our popular culture. While the story of a boy born amongst animals some two thousand years ago is still considered cute enough to figure on countless greeting cards and nativity scenes, the torture, crucifixion, death – and the resurrection – of the same boy as a 30-something men is too gruesome to have permeated outside of the churches and into the popular imagery. Christmas has Baby Jesus, Santa, Christmas tree, candles, stars, angels and cute baby animals – Easter’s scourges, crowns of thorns, crosses, weeping women, bloodthirsty Jews and brutal Italians, burial shrouds and stone-hewn tombs simply don’t have the same charm factor. This is why the imagery of Easter is largely restricted to eggs, bunnies, lambs, and chocolate. Lots of it.

It’s pretty hard to de-Christianise Easter, when its popular symbols are already several degrees removed from the holiday’s “true meaning”.

And yet:

Growing numbers of chocolate eggs are on sale in the UK without any mention of the word “Easter” on the front of the packaging.

Many of Britain’s best known brands have quietly dropped the name of the Christian festival from their main branding, now selling Easter products labelled simply as “chocolate egg” or even “egg”, it has been claimed…

Examples… include the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Pack, whose label now reads simply “Egg Hunt Pack”.

The label on the 2016 version of the Quality Street Easter egg, made by Nestlé, reads simply: “Large Milk Chocolate Egg with Quality Street inside.”

Similarly, the Milkybar Easter Egg, also a Nestlé product, is now labelled simply as “Milkybar White Chocolate Egg.”

Fresh from her trip to the Middle East where she refused to cover her hair, the British PM is having none of it:

Theresa May has slammed the National Trust as “absolutely ridiculous” after dropping Easter from its annual egg hunt.

The Prime Minister waded into the row between Cadbury and the Church of England after its annual Easter Egg Trail – a National Trust event which it sponsors each year – was rebranded to the “Great British Egg Hunt”.

May said during her trip to the Middle East: “I’m not just a vicar’s daughter I’m a member of the National Trust as well.

“I think the stance they have taken is absolutely ridiculous. I don’t know what they are thinking about frankly.

“Easter’s very important. It’s important to me. It’s a very important festival for the Christian faith for millions across the world.

“So I think what the National Trust is doing is frankly just ridiculous.”

Here in Australia, as one of my friends noted on Facebook a few days ago, Cadbury chocolate Easter bunnies have been rechristened (no pun intended) as Cadbury Dairy Milk Icon Bunnies. Icon bunnies? Seriously? What on Earth is an icon bunny? Pretty soon Easter hot cross buns will be renamed “two perpendicular lines buns” lest the word “cross” triggers someone.

It all just goes to show that when there is no religious content left to cleanse, you go after the very name of the holiday. Presumably it’s all done in the recognition that our Western societies (though less so the United States) are increasingly secular, post-Christian and faithless, inhabited by masses of people for whom Christmas and Easter have no spiritual meaning whatsoever, including migrants from other cultural and religious backgrounds, who – so the SJWs believe – not only don’t relate to such holidays but are positively offended by having a different religion thrust upon them.

All this might be true to various extents, but it does not change the fact that for almost two thousand years of history – versus a few years of the eternal and ever-important present – these have been religious holidays and still are for many people. One simply cannot understand any aspect of our society without knowing the role that Christian faith and institutions have played in their development. By cleansing the memetic ocean in which we swim every moment of our lives of any traces of religion, we are creating generations of historical illiterates who don’t know and don’t care where they come from – and therefore have no idea where they are going.

Worse still, if we are de-Christianising life because we don’t want to offend people of different faiths or no faith, or feel like we’re somehow imposing our beliefs and culture on them, we are not being sensitive and tolerant, we are being idiots. Everyone who comes to Australia (or any other Western country) comes of their own free will and with a presumed basic knowledge of what Australian society is. If Christmas or Easter (in this instance) offend you, you perhaps shouldn’t be here in the first place; God knows (no pun intended again) there are many places around the world which are safely Christmasless. I shouldn’t lose part of my identity to make you feel more comfortable. Arrivals assimilate to the host society, not the other way around – and that doesn’t mean you need to in any way participate in either religious or even secular rituals of Christmas or Easter, but you have to accept that most do. In return, I promise not to go to Saudi Arabia and complain that the morning call to prayers wakes me up and should therefore be turned down, or move to India and agitate to ban Hindu religious celebrations and introduce beef in the shops.

But put religious examples aside; what do you think the reaction would be if I were to propose that the Melbourne Cup holiday or the Grand Final weekend should be renamed because I’m not interested in horse races or that football doesn’t resonate with me one any level?

Let’s have more understanding and (real) tolerance, and less “feels” – this is my Easter wish for you and me and our society, whether through Christ Resurrected or through chocolate Easter bunny (yum).

 

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